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Cancun woman first to donate organs in state

Cancun, Q.R. — A Cancun woman has become the first this year to provide an organ donation in the state.

After a 48-year-old woman was admitted to the Emergency Department due to a cerebral arterial rupture that resulted in her becoming brain dead, the Procurement of Organs and Tissues department of the IMSS Regional General Hospital discussed organ donation with her family.

The family agreed, allowing the woman to donate organs that benefited five people. The 48-year-old Cancun woman donated her liver, both kidneys and two corneas to five people who were on an organ donation waiting list.

Surgeons of the National Medical Center arrived at the state hospital to harvest the needed organs. The woman’s liver will be transplanted in the Medical Center of the ISSSTE in Mexico City, while the kidneys will benefit two patients in the Medical Unit of Ignacio García Tellez in Mérida. Her corneas were sent to the National Medical Center, La Raza.

The head of the Coordination of Procurement of Organs and Tissues, Dr. Moisés Campos Navarro, stressed the need to talk with family members about organ donations in Mexico.

Organ donation in Mexico is a growing problem with more than 20,000 people waiting for a transplant in 2016 and only 7,000 donations.